Reasons to be thankful in Luxembourg
(JB) Guests from different countries gathered in Luxembourg to give thanks and enjoy a traditional turkey dinner at the American Chamber of Commerce Thanksgiving supper on Friday.
The event was hosted one week ahead of the official US public holiday at the Hotel Royal in Luxembourg City where politicians and members of the diplomatic corps rubbed shoulders with people from all walks of life in Luxembourg.
US Ambassador to Luxembourg David McKean explained the story behind the feast saying that it had been around since the Pilgrims first landed in Plymouth in 1620.
He said that over the years, Thanksgiving was celebrated on different days and in different ways until Abraham Lincoln in 1863 issued a proclamation calling for it to be celebrated by all Americans on the last Thursday in November.
However, it was not until Franklin Delano Roosevelt made it a public holiday that it became the custom we know today.
I think Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays because it's so uncomplicated
“I think Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays because it's so uncomplicated. You don't have to dress up. You don't have to sing songs, give presents or get up early to go to church,” the Ambassador said, adding: “All you're expected to do during Thanksgiving is eat good food and enjoy family and friends.”
Claude Wiseler, the leader of Luxembourg's opposition party, the CSV, gave the keynote speech at the dinner in which he thanked foreigners in Luxembourg for making the country successful.
He said: “Foreigners have helped us build up Luxembourg and because of you we're here today. If foreigners hadn't be here, Luxembourg simply wouldn't exist anymore.”
During the evening, American Chamber of Commerce President Paul Schonenberg gifted a US flag to former Luxembourg Ambassador to the US Guy de Muyser in recognition of his contribution to American-Luxembourg relations.